Oh no! Saturday night and still no Week in Review. Well.
Better late than never...
I knew by Wednesday that the end of the week was going to be hectic, but I couldn't really do anything to get ahead of the fray. I will be honest, though. It was a very welcome kind of hectic, plans with friends and time devoted to self-care (i.e. setting aside time for the things that make me happy). I had very happily chosen to have a proper London day on Friday, or my kind of London day - Pilates in the morning, lunch at my favourite bakery, a big shop at my favourite Waitrose, great coffee at my favourite cafe, an evening spent preparing a home-cooked dinner and then enjoying the delicious comfort food with Hugh and a good friend. Usually I spend my weekends in London, but I had to stay in York last week so I've been very happy to came back to London after the brief absence. It's funny how you can miss a place after such a short time. And I especially love London in autumn, perfect for long walks wrapped in my favourite scarf and savouring a good cup of coffee.
Ok, enough rambling. I've been busy, but just enjoying life away from the computer. (Today I was out and about, bouncing from pub to pub, and an extra-long meeting for book club - 3 hours just chatting about books. And we got to hold a proper bound copy of Alwyn's book! Rebel of the Sands out February 2016, preorder it now!) I can't say I'm terribly sorry - I think I needed some time to unplug. And there's nothing wrong with a Saturday post.
So anyway...here's what I've been reading, watching, listening, thinking this past week!
I finally finished a book - Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill, our book club read this month. And it definitely provided us with some very interesting discussions. Following from these discussions I may review this or write a discussion post about the book. And I'm still reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff.
I've watched Bridget Jones' Diary twice this week and I make no apologies. It's definitely one of my favourite movies of all time. And...I've also been watching Reign, which is the most ridiculous show I've watched in ages. It's like Gossip Girl in 16th-century France. I just can't help but love it. As an early modernist I'm quite appalled by the historical inadequacies, but I just love some trashy TV. So bad, and so good.
This week I've been mainly listening to my hometown NPR station. Yes, I live in a different country now, but Baltimore's NPR station is still my favourite. And I'm such a sap - I love hearing the local traffic and weather reports in addition to local news. It just makes me feel closer to home. On the podcast front, my favourite listen this week was In Our Time - Hans Holbein at the Tudor Court. Another must listen this week - President Obama & Marilynne Robinson in conversation. For some more podcast recommendations, you can of course check out yesterday's Bookish Podcasts post.
And as usual, I've found several interesting reads around the Interwebs this week. The article on 'professional' readers hit especially close to home. And as a woman who suffers from a chronic pain condition the article from The Atlantic on the biases toward female pain when seeking medical care was very troubling. The article on tomboys was also really interesting, especially thinking about the books I read growing up that introduced me to some of my favourite female characters - Jo March, Harriet the Spy, Alanna of Trebond, Ashleigh Griffen (from the Thoroughbred series!), etc.
Van Morrison on the radio, a good cup of coffee, perusing travel blogs for inspiration for our Paris trip next month - A++ Sunday.— Rose (@rosemariepip) October 11, 2015
One of my weirder quirks - I listen to my hometown's local NPR station every day even though I now live in a different country.— Rose (@rosemariepip) October 13, 2015
I use 'Hiding My Heart' as a shibboleth - if you don't prefer the original Brandi Carlile version over Adele's cover, we can't be friends.— Rose (@rosemariepip) October 14, 2015
Poem of the Week
And so that's this week done and dusted!